To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness.
Review this product
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat location and characters
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2018
Love this series! All the books are stand alone as well. There are numerous twists and turns, pursuing of false leads and red herrings, which keep me reading way late into the night until the murder is solved. Great characters as well
Love that Sophie! I love all of Toby Neal's books. I am a big fan of The Lei Crime Series, and of all of the details about Hawaii life. There is mystery, drama, and love in these stories about Sophie's complicated life and her insecurities. She is trying to find herself and also love, these are difficult for her, with her background and past abusive marriage. Just when you think things are going well, surprises happen. She keeps you on your toes, and always wondering what's next? Now, I really can't wait for the next book. Don't keep me waiting too long. This is the 3rd book in the series and each one was great! It is best to read them in order thought to get the best out of them. (my opinion)
Sophie Ang is an interesting crime-fighting portrait whose story I thoroughly enjoyed. A former FBI agent, now in private security, she lives in the highly international yet fiercely local milieu of the Hawaiian Islands. She communicates in English but swears in Thai. Not getting jokes in English (because she misses so many idioms and expressions) makes relationships more difficult for Sophie, as if she didn't have trouble enough, with a stalker ex-husband whose violent streak is legendary. I found myself rooting for Sophie yet I also felt a certain distance from her.
The conflict starts quickly in the first page or two and builds throughout the book, taking the reader on some unexpected twists and turns involving historical Hawaiian artifacts valuable enough to kill, and die, for. Teaming up with her Detective friend Lei Texeira of the Maui Police Department, Sophie goes after the baddies, uncovering one surprise after another. I only wished her love life were a tad more resolved by the end of this romp, but perhaps that is meant to happen in the next book in the series.
As mentioned, I thoroughly enjoyed my brief trip to the criminal neighborhoods of Maui, and recommend this book to anyone looking for a satisfying mystery under the ornamental palms.
5.0 out of 5 starsVery good though more of a chick lit flavor than I prefer
Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2019
This book has all the elements of popular bodice-rippers - the heroine torn between multiple men, doubting herself, finally realizing her true love. But it also works very well as a crime thriller. The author’s heroine is extremely well drawn, the stereotypical strong woman without being in any specific way stereotypical. She is unique and very interesting. In fact, it’s been a long time since I’ve encountered a protagonist I’ve liked this much. Her idiosyncrasies are quite interesting as they reveal her backstory, giving her strengths and weaknesses. When she gets put in a couple bad situations, one is inexplicable but easily overlooked as a story element and the other is completely believable.
I’m not a fan of love stories in general and bodice-rippers in particular, but luckily the book works surprisingly well as a crime thriller as well. The action is not exactly continuous - this is more procedural and character-driven than action-driven - but one won’t get bored. The plot twists in particular are done extremely well. Honestly, although the romance elements were a bit tedious for me there’s nothing at all that isn’t well done in this book.
I was extremely conscious throughout of reading a female-written book, which is unusual for me, so I was quite surprised to see the author’s name as Toby Neal. Turns out that Toby is a pretty lady. However, if you like crime thrillers, and especially if you like them with a woman’s flavor, I highly recommend this book. I got it free as a BookBub selection as crime thrillers aren’t really my favorite genre, but I wouldn’t have been disappointed had I picked it up for $8 at a news stand. It’s just a well written book.
As our delightful heroin Sophie has left the FBI and is now a private investigator she meets new problems. New romance twists have her wondering which way to jump to stay out of trouble. She is guarding the historic site where possibly an old queen of Hawaii is buried. Some one is looking for the body to steal the bones in order to make a bone hook for his collection.
Sophie discovers a body on the site and this leads to the police being called in to investigate, which brings Sophie back in close contact to her friend Lei. As they follow the leads and track down the killer Sophie also grows closer to her boss; the secret Ghost who manages to eliminate criminals without becoming involved in their actual deaths.
Then Sophie discovers that her ex-husband Assan, who tortured her and almost killed her, has escaped from prison. When Sophie did escape and elude him, he vowed to kill her, so now she has to be on guard against that threat as she continues to work on this case.
Toby Neal leads us on this chase and does so with her usual plot twists and leaves us guessing at many turns. I am always saying to myself, just one more page then to bed. It is always a lot more than one page.
5.0 out of 5 starsIt just keeps getting better with every book!
Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2018
I love Toby Neal's imagination and her way of telling a great story is superb! She sets the stage and then it blossoms like crazy. Lots of action scenes, a bit of angst in our heroine, her confused feelings, the good looking men who slaver over her, and all the bit characters just make for a superb read. I also like the way she has started to have the characters do a review of the case. It helps me keep things straight and makes it easier to absorb the entire story. Love, love, love this series!
typical toby neal. easy read. can't put it down. I love reading her books while in the islands as there are a lot of local references and the reader feels right there. My only criticism is that the main character just keeps getting into serious trouble, suffering horrible injuries over and over again in a short expanse of time. She should get out of that profession! A little unrealistic.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 23, 2019
Set in Hawaii with a former FBI agent turned security specialist who is guarding a site of historical importance. Her troubled past was alluded to and an ex husband too. All of this impacted her actions. This is the 3rd book in the series and it may have been beneficial to have read the first two before this but not essential. I learned a little about Hawaii and artefacts and the story was a solid one with a little mystery. It will be interesting to see what happened before as well as what is to come.